Despite its slim and fragile appearance, the Pixelbook 12in has a rugged body that can withstand drops of a few feet.
The keyboard on the Pixelbook is backlit with a comfortable click of 0.8mm key travel. The large touchpad has silicone pads on both sides to rest your hands on. Coming back to the keyboard, we have a number of special keys on it that make the Chrome OS experience just a little bit more accessible. For example, on top right corner, we have a button that launches the system menu. This menu has everything from volume controls to Wi-Fi network
We’ve covered the design part extensively; what about performance of the Google Pixelbook 12in?
We can say for sure that this is the most powerful Chromebook out there. From its processing power to the way it distributes and handles tasks. Well, Google Pixelbook 12in is in the same league as any high-end laptop when it comes to performance. You can perform any daily task without worrying about lag.
We tested at varying performance requirements and found that it did heat up a little, which is expected from a fanless design. But the performance didn’t lag at all.
The entry-level Google Pixelbook 12in has 128GB of storage. This bigger storage, than any other Chromebook, allows for more flexibility and better offline performance.
Pixelbook goes well and beyond our expectations in the display category like Asus 2-in-1 Q535
. Gone are the days of 1080p displays, Google Pixelbook shatters those displays with its 2400 x 1600 pixels. You can clearly see every single detail in a 4K video and get the best viewing experience from a bunch of angles. The 235 PPI resolution ensures every single word, every single dot is clear and visible for a truly great viewing experience.
Color correction on this screen is also great. Maybe it was the pressure to build a two-in-one display or just an abundance of resources, but the Google Pixelbook is the best at displays, with no Chromebook even in the same league.
The screen is also very bright, hitting 421 nits in our testing. This bright display perfectly complements the colorful display with wide viewing angles.
The touchscreen deserves its own section because of how amazing the experience was. The colorful screen was responsive to my touch and performed as expected from a tablet. But is it better than the competition?
I’ll refrain from giving a verdict on that, but I can say this for sure: You’ll have to look hard for a hybrid screen that has the same level of responsiveness and brightness.
I watched a lot of videos on this display, but I didn’t have a great experience, mainly due to the speakers that didn’t perform as expected. The volume was a bit low, but the clarity was there.
Google Pixelbook 12in has a battery life of 10 hours on a single charge. At least that’s what’s being advertised. In our testing, though, the Pixelbook lasted around 7 hours with moderate usage.
When it comes to charging the device, it supports fast charging. A 15 minute-charge can extend the battery by more than one hour, which is lower than the advertised two hours.
I was fairly disappointed at the webcam of this otherwise amazing machine. The Pixelbook has a 0.9 Megapixel webcam, which is way below the competition. Keep in mind that the Google Pixelbook 12in is also a tablet, so having a below-average camera doesn’t make sense from a consumer point of view.
A Chromebook That’s More
Google Pixelbook 12in is the Chromebook to look out for. A stylish design, great performance, and an improved Chrome OS experience.
But all of this comes at a price – significantly more than other Chromebooks.
For casual users, who do internet surfing and use their machines to watch movies and shows – the Google Pixelbook 12in is a great choice. Extended support for Android apps makes it even more appealing for the average user.
But the price; this is to be put into consideration before recommending the Pixelbook. It is a great device for daily usage, but the price says otherwise. You can have more powerful machines for the same price, so there’s that.
Still, if you’re in the market for a truly unique experience that delivers on its promise, Google Pixelbook 12in is for you.